American Sniper: An Autobiography by Chris Kyle



Chris Kyle has been deemed top author for publisher Harper Collins. Chris is the author of American Sniper: An Autobiography.

Chris, a Navy SEAL, served four Combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and elsewhere. For his bravery in battle, he was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation. After retiring from the Navy, Chris founded Craft International LLC, a military and law enforcement training company, and was involved in numerous charities, including co-founding FITCO Cares Foundation, and other charitable events benefiting wounded and disabled servicemen and women returning from combat.

American Sniper was on the bestseller list for 22 weeks, 7 of those weeks at #1. Chris’s second book, American Gun, is scheduled to be published in May. It was an honor to Harper Collins helping share Chris’s story of service and faith with the world. Those who worked with Chris truly respected and liked him deeply. He dedicated his life in recent years to supporting veterans and donated the proceeds of American Sniper to the families of his fallen friendssecret world of Special Ops ever written.

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Unforgivable by Lisa Wooten

unMy brain’s not right. It shelters me from the troubles of reality by creating a magical world for me.  In this world, I can be anyone or anything.  It’s my secret getaway.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

I received this book from the author herself, which I would like to thank her greatly!

This story kept my mind reeling throughout the whole book.  Joan, the main character is admitted to an institution for killing her best friend on prom night.  Joan does not belive that she is the killer.  She can’t be, she is a normal girl.  On top of that, no one will listen to her.  In an attempt to block out what happened that gruesome night, Joan floats away to her own, happy world in her head.  Her world is a lot better than dealing with all the ‘crazy’ people in the institution! She begins to confide in her psychiatrist.  She thinks that with his help, she can get out of the asylum and have a normal life out side of these walls. As her memory starts to come back to Joan, she is on the edge of sanity and insanity, reality and fantasy as she realizes that she may have committed the terrible crime after all.  All the way up to the shocking ending, I was captivated by Joan’s character.  I really did believe that she was innocent, untill her mind started to unravel to reveal her-own deepest darkest secrets.

I would recommend this book if you like suspense!  This story will keep you asking your-self over and over again, is she innocent or not?

The Blood Gospel (The Order of the Sanguines Series #1) By James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell


“Even a white lily cast a black shadow.”

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

I received this book from my boyfriend for Valentine’s Day (the best boyfriends give gifts like this!) and I was very excited to read it.  I had seen it at the book store and was grabbed by its cover, but didn’t pick it up at the time.  To my surprise, my boyfriend found the cover intriguing also, thinking it was right up my alley.  I have not read any of James Rollins or Rebecca Cantrell before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  To be honest I didn’t even know what the book was about untill I read the cover flap and started reading!

The within the first few pages there was a note from James Rollins to Anne Rice (one of my favorite authors) and the note said “To Anne Rice: For showing us the beauty in monsters, And the monstrous in the beautiful.” This was another red flag to me that I knew this book was bound to be great…let me just say, by the time I finished the book, I had dubbed it the best book I’ve read in a very long time!

These two best-selling authors take on the legend of the Vampire in this first book of “The Order of the Sanguines Series”.  The story brings together some characters from different backgrounds completely, including Priest, Solider and an Archaeologist.

Following an earthquake in Masada, the Vatican sends a priest by the name of Rhun Korza to investigate the ancient ruins of Masada, the fortress that had been the last stand of Jewish resistance to the Romans.  He has to call upon the best Archaeologist, Erin Granger and a military man named Jordan Stone.  The earthquake was devastating, being a tourist spot, lots of lives were lost.  The earthquake opened up the mountain and the trio, priest, soldier and archaeologist descend into its core to investigate.  The find a shocking secret, a hidden burial site within Masada and the remains of a young girl, clutching a Nazi medallion.  The three are attacked by an army of undead, revenants, strigoi is what they call them, but we would call them…vampires.  Legend decreed that this chamber contained a book believed to have been written by the Lord Himself, in His own Blood – the so called “Blood Gospel.”  The priest, archaeologist and soldier are sent on a desperate venture to retrieve this lost gospel and save mankind from the overwhelming evil that never dies – the vampire.  I sure would not want the undead having this book in their hands!  Erin has a hard time grasping what is going on, she is used to reality and what seems to be a dream, is becoming totally real.

This story involves a dark Vatican secret – the Order of the Sanguines.  In the Rollins and Cantrell story, the Sanguines, a religious order of converted vampires, do subsist on the Blood of Christ, which satisfies their desire for human blood.  The authors do give some vivid descriptions of the sacred sites of the Holy Land and Vatican and their interpretation of the resurrection of Lazarus is imaginative!  At the beginning of each chapter there is a verse from the Bible, as the story is going, you start to read each verse and your thoughts begin to transform them and relate them to Vampires and secrets.

For those who never tire of the vampire legend, which has attained a certain literary immortality, here is another tale of the legend of the undead, “The Blood Gospel.”  This isn’t even comparable to Twilight or any other Vampire book I have read in my life time.  This story is full of secrets being unraveled and it seems as the world my turn over to the darkside with nothing left for the humans to survive.

Like I said before, this book is the best one I have read in a very long time, I would recommend it to anyone who has never ventured into the legend of the Vamipre and to those who dwell in their stories!  I cannot wait for the next book in the series of “The Order of the Sanguines”.


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Featured Author of the Month: April Shadduck, Interview

NewnewfinalThe author that I am featuring this month is April Shadduck. We grew up together when we were young and she is now an author! April is 23 years old and the author of the “Mischief and Magick”series. She lives in the foothills of the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado. April has two siblings, a twin sister and a younger brother. Sketching, painting, and writing poetry have been important outlets for her creativity.

She hopes to inspire young and old alike. “Follow your heart, be true to yourself, and never ever give up on your dreams.”

Check out my interview with April!

Sierra: When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

April: I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I’ve written short stories and started several novels. “Wicked Wrong” was the first book I actually finished. It took me only three months to write the first one and I finished it in August of 2011. It’s the editing and layout that can take a while.

Sierra: Tell us a little bit about your first book in the series, “Wicked Wrong”.

April: “Wicked Wrong” is about a girl named Felicity who faces all of the hardships of a normal teenager, plus some. She finds herself pulled into the world of magick by forces she can’t even begin to imagine. Throughout the book she unravels the secrets of her life and battles the dark forces that stalk her family. Along the way she finds allies in the oddest creatures including ehlves, pixies, dawdlers, a gnolf, and a most unusual cousin. The question is whether or not she can embrace the world of magick and protect those that she loves, without losing herself in the process…

Sierra: How did you choose the genre you write in?

April: I’m not really sure I chose the genre. It’s almost like it chose me. I’ve always been fascinated by the world of magick or the possibility of it and have always loved reading books that take readers into a world so unlike their own. That’s the point of reading right? To have an escape from your life for a short time where you can explore uncharted lands and embrace imaginary worlds. If you’re going to escape; why not submerge yourself in a world full of mischief, magick, and mystery?

Sierra: What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write?

April: That’s a difficult question. I think one of my favorite chapters was “Strange and Estranged cousin.” It’s the chapter that introduces one of my favorite characters, Anna Belle, Lissy’s cousin. It’s a close tie with “Samhain” though. That chapter was so much fun to write!

Sierra: Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

April: The majority of the book is purely imagination. There are a few things here and there that I based off of real life experiences. Notice that I said “based.” There were several instances when I would see something or experience something that in my mind warped and twisted into a fun addition to the book. My imagination tends to run away with me turning everyday occurrences into mysterious, sometimes even dangerous, incidents.

Sierra: Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

April: I can’t say there is a particular author or book that influenced me. I don’t think I’ve ever picked up a book that I didn’t like. All authors and writings influence a person in one way or another.

Sierra: Do you ever experience writers block?

April: Definitely! There comes a point when you’re writing and on a roll, so to speak, and suddenly you’ve got nothing. It’s like your brain shuts down. I’ve noticed the best way to get past it is to walk away for a day or two. Maybe even kick back with a book so you can escape to a world that’s complete. It’s hard writing the story, you want to know what’s going to happen next as badly as the person who will read it. The only problem is you can’t turn the page because you haven’t written it yet!

Sierra: Is there an author that you would really like to meet?

April: I would love to meet several authors. For example two authors I would like to meet are JK Rowling, and Laurel K Hamilton. They have completely different writing styles, one being young adult and the other being very much adult. I would love to pick their brains apart, see what makes them tick, and how that’s influenced their work. I would like to do that with just about any author, I’m curious.

Sierra: Will you have a new book coming out soon? If so, can you tell us about it?

April: The second book in the Mischief and Magick series will be coming out very soon. “Dark Delusions” continues the story of Lissy’s (Felicity’s) journey through the world of magick. Allies become foes and foes become allies. Felicity’s once comfortable world has been turned upside down and she no longer knows who she can trust. The dark forces are rising and the mysteries are unraveling. The question being, how long they can hold on before the darkness envelopes them all?

Sierra: If you could go back and do it all over again, is there any aspect of your first novel or getting it published that you would change?

April: I wouldn’t change a thing. The entire process has been a learning experience with ups and downs along the way. Everything I’ve learned in writing and publishing the first book I will use and remember for years to come.

Sierra: Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

April: Always believe in yourself. If you want to write a novel, just do it. You might surprise yourself with what you can accomplish.

Sierra: Is there anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?

April: Thank you for all of your love and support. I hope you enjoy the stories I write and I hope they take you to a world you can lose yourself in, at least for a little bit. Remember, follow your heart, be true to yourself, and never ever give up on your dreams!

Thank you so much! Be sure to check out April Shadduck’s book, “Wicked Wrong” the first book in her new series, “Mischief & Magick”!